Imad Wasim’s five-wicket haul in the PSL final was overshadowed by a video of him smoking in the dressing room, sparking controversy about player conduct.

Islamabad United’s Imad Wasim emerged as the hero of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final, claiming the first-ever five-wicket haul in a PSL summit clash. However, his stellar on-field performance was overshadowed by a viral video capturing him smoking in the dressing room during the match. 

The incident occurred during the 18th over of the Multan Sultans’ innings. Cameras panned towards the United dressing room just as Wasim, fresh off his impressive bowling spell of 5/23 in four overs, was seen smoking cigarettes. The cameraman quickly redirected the shot, but not before the video and images ignited a social media firestorm. Watch the video below:

Wasim’s off-field actions, therefore, sparked controversy. Smoking is a health hazard and is strictly prohibited in sporting environments.

However, Imad Wasim’s bowling spell was nothing short of remarkable. He took the crucial wickets of Yasir Khan, David Willey, Johnson Charles, Khusdil Shah, and Chris Jordan to achieve his fifer, including a sensational four-wicket haul in just two overs.

Despite losing wickets steadily, the Multan Sultans managed a respectable 159 runs. Islamabad United also faced a middle-order collapse, requiring not just Imad Wasim but also Naseem Shah to steer them out of trouble.

Martin Guptill led the way for United’s win with a half-century, while Azam Khan was the only other middle-order batsman to contribute significantly. Ultimately, Imad and Naseem guided their team to victory, securing Islamabad United’s historic third PSL title.

Last Updated on March 19, 2024